HSG recently received a letter from Koji Chikauchi, Director of the Kanagawa International Foundation congratulating us for encouraging our students to participate in the 15th Kanagawa Biennial World Children's Art Exhibition.
Of course, the congratulations go out particularly to Jillian Ray V. Calugas and Yvonne Danica D. Rollan for their respective entries which made it to the prizewinning work among a total of 20,723 works for the Exhibition around the world and within Kanagawa Prefecture.
The prizewinning works will be exhibited at the Kanagawa Plaza for Global Citizenship in Yokohama City from July 4th to July 26th, 2009 and within Kanagawa prefecture from September 2009 to March 2010 in order to promote international exchange and global understanding through pictures.
Once again congratulations Jillian Ray and Yvonne Danica for their prizewinning entries!
Dr. Linda K. Silverman made these findings in her group's 30-year study on giftedness:
"Gifted girls and gifted boys have different coping mechanisms and are likely to face different problems. Gifted girls hide their abilities and learn to blend in with other children. In elementary school they direct their mental energies into developing social relationships; in junior high school they are valued for their appearance and sociability rather than for their intelligence. Gifted boys are easier to spot, but they are often considered “immature" and may be held back in school if they cannot socialize with children their own age with whom they have no common interests." Read more from Dr. Silverman's article here.
Sir Ken Robinson, in a 2007 video, makes a strong case for improving the way we look at children and learning. In particular, he says: "... by seeing our creative capacities for the richness that they are and seeing our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future." More of a conversation around the video (and the video itself) here.
In the UK, there's a growing recognition in curriculum development of the importance of children’s personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS). According to a Futurelab handbook: Curriculum and teaching innovation Transforming classroom practice and personalisation", These are seen as sets of core capacities and capabilities that children will need to develop to equip them for the world of work and citizenship beyond school. While subject expertise therefore remains of central importance to the curriculum, there has been more acknowledgement that this content knowledge must be supplemented with other competences.The PLTS framework is organised around six key areas:
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An article from brainy-child.com identifies: " qualities and characteristics that are frequently found among gifted children, although no child will possess them all. One way that parents can tell if their children might be gifted is to focus on a range of behaviors that occur in the daily conversations, activities, and responses to learning opportunities." Quoting Smutny (2000), here is a list of characteristics common in gifted four-, five-, and six-year olds (Smutny, 2000):